Kinematic mechanism of electron heating in shocks: Theory vs observations

M. Balikhin, M. Gedalin

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Shock electron heating due to breakdown of adiabaticity in a small‐scale quasistationary electrostatic field in the shock ramp is analyzed analytically and numerically and compared with experimental data. We derive statistical dependencies of the heating on the shock parameters. Relations obtained numerically are in good agreement with experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-844
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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